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FEATURE PROJECT // Royal Perth Hospital Mental Health Unit

The Royal Perth Hospital Mental Health Unit is called "Dabakarn", from the Wadjuk Noongar language meaning "slowly, slowly", reflecting its commitment to being a holistic space for healing. The new unit is located on Level 02 of an existing four-storey building, previously known as the New Pavilion (built circa 1904-1906); one of the oldest surviving buildings within the hospital precinct.


The Mental Health Unit was designed in consultation with clinical and non-clinical staff, as well as with those with lived experience of mental health. Safety, a therapeutic environment and recognition of the First Nation custodians of the Land are all hallmarks throughout the design. The development of an authorised Mental Health Unit at Royal Perth Hospital will enable an increased service level, ensuring the hospital will be able to meet the projected demand for mental health services in the future.


The unit has 12 single consumer rooms, each with their own ensuite. This provides a valuable 24/7 tool in addressing patient flow through the busy Royal Perth Hospital Emergency Department. There are additional facilities including dedicated exercise and social areas, staff facilities, activity spaces, individual treatment areas and a dedicated visitor room. The facility is complete with a modern outdoor recreational area featuring a mini basketball court and ping pong table, in addition to a barbeque area for communal events.


The facility is a specialised psychiatric inpatient care environment for individuals with acute and complex mental illness needs. As specialist health architects, Silver Thomas Hanley is one of Australia's leading practices in contemporary mental health design.


Thank you to @silvertonephoto for the below photos.



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